Newsletter 6 / August 2020

Video installation "Wiepersdorf between War and Peace" © Dirk Bleicker


Opening of the video installation
Wiepersdorf between War and Peace

On Sunday, 23 August, the video installation Wiepersdorf between War and Peace by documentary film director Sebastian Eschenbach was officially opened by Dr. Manja Schüle, Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, and with invited guests. Eschenbach explores the history of Wiepersdorf and its castle in the Lower Fläming region after the Second World War in a cuboid projection and in four videos lasting about 13 minutes, based on narrated memories of contemporary witnesses.

The video installation is on display until 1 November 2020, every Saturday and Sunday between 2 and 5 pm at Schloss Wiepersdorf. Parallel to the screening, the café in the Orangery will be open as well.


Latest additions to the Virtual Residency Program

The following lectures by experts, who were invited to speak via video conference on a topic of the residency program and to enter into conversation with the fellows, are made available on our website:


Between Disinformation and Digitalization: Current Challenges for Global Press Freedom as a Human Right

In their presentations, journalist Suki Kim, Wiepersdorf fellow 2020, and Christian Mihr, managing director of Reporters Without Borders, reflect on the challenges for global press freedom. Christian Mihr explains the Press Freedom Index and elaborates on five current areas of crisis in journalism. Suki Kim talks about press freedom as a human right, about her research work in North Korea, and analyzes the current situation of the media in the US.

Mäusenovelle oder Für eine noch kleinere Literatur

Wiepersdorf fellow Jan Snela talks about the work on his new book project Mäusenovelle (Novella of Mice) against the background of an unrealized trip to Japan. He explores the haiku as a literary place of an ‘autre mondialisation’ and as a suitable medium for writing in times of climate change. The focus is on the productivity of differences and on his very personal fascination with the smallest of all forms that world literature has produced to date. (A lecture in German language.)

Buskaschi oder Der Teppich meiner Mutter

On 19 August, Wiepersdorf fellow Massum Faryar read from his novel published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in 2015. The reading, at the request of the author, was not recorded. Instead, we recommend the book and link here to a reading sample on the publisher's website. (The book has not been translated into English yet.)


The following contributions by the Wiepersdorf fellows 2020 have been added to the online SHOWCASE of the Virtual Residency Program:



What a book is

On 15 July, Jan Wenzel presented the lecture Do I know what a book is? Through Zoom in the framework of the Virtual Residency program. This was followed by a conversation between him and Wiepersdorf fellow Hagen Verleger, which is now available in text form. (English translation following soon.)


Composing with Structures

Fellow Adrian Kleinlosen reflects on composing with structures in the 21st century, illustrated by sound examples of his own compositions. In particular, he discusses five terms related to the technique of structural composition: systems, functions, fields, structures and relations. (A podcast in German language.)


Der Geist Von Gestern

Consisting of five short musical scenes, the composition Der Geist Von Gestern. Oder: wenn der mensch den menschen nicht mehr trifft (The Ghost/Spirit of Yesterday. Or: when human beings no longer meet human beings) grapples with the events and experiences made during the Corona crisis. In the showcase we published excerpts from the score.


The café in the Orangery will be open every Saturday and Sunday until 1 November 2020, from 2–5 pm


Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf
Founding representative
Annette Rupp
Bettina- von-Arnim-Str. 13 | 14193 Wiepersdorf
Phone +49 (0)337 46 69 90 | Fax +49 (0)337 46 699 19
Cell: +49 (0)176 22 03 99 21

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